The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest music events in the world. With at least more than 100 million people watching the striking event every year, there have been more than 1200 songs counting in the history. Even if the contest is treated more like a contest for composers, the ESC has the strongest focus on its performers for sure.
For some singers the ESC has been the origin of their career like ABBA, Celine Dion or Julio Iglesias just to mention some. Unfortunately, the contest has the reputation that only newcomers are competing, because well-known artists have no need to participate. A lot of established singers fear a loss of their image if they don’t win or even worse ending up least. Sometimes singers take part who desire a comeback as their popularity has decreased.
For a lot of countries the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the few platforms they can bring their national music into the spotlight, as music from English or French speaking countries is played everywhere in the world. For music from e.g. Portugal, Greece, Romania or Lithuania there are not many international events to be presented like in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is a platform where every country is treated equally. Due to the free language option, countries like Georgia or Iceland can perform in English. In many non-English or French speaking countries the performers were often very popular, but not very well known abroad.
The biggest names of popular singers and groups who entered the ESC and have already been very well known are:
Engelbert Humperdinck (UK 2012, 25th), Jedward (Ireland 2011, 8th, 2012, 19th), Željko Joksimović (Serbia & Montenegro 2004, 2nd, Serbia 2012, 3rd), Blue (UK 2011, 11th)Dino Merlin (Bosnia & Herzegovina 1999, 7th, 2011, 6th), Malena Ernman (Sweden 2009, 21st), Noa (Israel 2009, 16th), Patricia Kaas (France 2009, 8th) No Angels (Germany 2008, 23rd), Mor ve Ötesi (Turkey 2008, 5th), DJ Bobo (Switzerland 2007, 19th in Semi Final), Las Ketchup (Spain 2006, 21st), Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006, 12th in the Semi Final), Lordi (Finland 2006, 1st), t.A.T.u. (Russia 2003, 2nd), Stefan Raab (Germany 2000, 5th), Brainstorm (Latvia 2000, 3rd), Alla Pugachova (Russia 1997, 15th), Katrina & The Waves (UK 1997, 1st), Münchener Freiheit (Germany 1993, 18th), Katerina Garbi (Greece 1993, 9th), Mia Martini
(Italy 1977, 13th, 1992, 4th), Clouseau (Belgium 1991, 16th), Rita (Israel 1990, 18th), Azúcar Moreno (Spain 1990, 5th), Toto Cutugno (Italy 1990, 1st), Anna Oxa (Italy 1989, 9th), Lara Fabien (Luxembourg 1988, 4th), Céline Dion (Switzerland 1988, 1st), Umberto Tozzi & Raf (Italy 1987, 3rd), Al Bano & Romina Power (Italy 1976, 7th, 1985, 7th,), Izahr Cohen (Israel 1978, 1st, 1985, 5th), Mary Roos (Germany 1972, 3rd, 1984, 13th), Ofra Haza (Israel 1983, 2nd), Paola (Switzerland 1980, 4th), Matia Bazar (Italy 1979, 15th), Ricchi e Poveri (Italy 1978, 12th), Baccara (Luxembourg 1978, 7th), Les Humphries Singers (Germany 1976, 15th), Olivia Newton-John (UK 1974, 4th), Cliff Richard (UK 1968, 2nd, UK 1973, 3rd), Vicky Leandors (Luxembourg 1972, 1st), Serge Lama
(France 1971, 10th), Julio Iglesias (Spain 1970, 4th), Siw Malmqvist (Sweden 1960, 10th, Germany 1969, 9th), Lulu (UK 1969, 1st), Karel Gott (Austria 1968, 13th), Wencke Myhre (Germany 1968, 6th), Domenico Modugno (Italy 1966, 17th), Udo Jürgens (Austria 1964, 6th, 1965. 4th, 1966, 1st), France Gall (Luxembourg 1965, 1st), Nana Mouskouri (Luxembourg 1963, 8th), Françoise Hardy (Monaco 1963, 5th), Esther Ofarim (Switzerland 1963, 2nd), Rudi Carrell (Netherlands 1960, 12th) and Freddy Quinn (Germany 1956, 2nd).